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"Essential to public confidence in the judiciary is the assurance that justice is not for sale and that legal disputes will be resolved by fair and impartial judicial officers."
Committee for Economic Development, in a U.S. Supreme Court brief signed by Wal-Mart, Pepsico, Intel and Lockheed Martin
 

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July 1, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 1 - In response to reports that some Oklahoma state legislators are threatening to file articles of impeachment against seven state Supreme Court justices, Justice at Stake Deputy Executive Director Liz Seaton issued the following statement:  


June 26, 2015

 WASHINGTON, D.C., June 26 - Justice at Stake Executive Director Bert Brandenburg issued the following statement following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling today in Obergefell v. Hodges: 

June 15, 2015

Justice at Stake recently joined four other fair courts advocacy organizations in signing a brief to the Ninth U.S. Circuit of Appeals in the case of Wolfson v. Concannon, asking the court to uphold rules from the Arizona Code of Judicial Ethics limiting partisan political activity by sitting judges and judicial candidates.

May 29, 2015

The Justice at Stake Board of Directors announced today that Bert Brandenburg, Justice at Stake’s executive director since 2004, will leave the organization in mid-August to become president of Appleseed, a national network of public interest law centers. Liz Seaton, an attorney and Justice at Stake’s deputy executive director, will become interim executive director of Justice at Stake (JAS) later this summer. 

May 27, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 27 - Justice at Stake Deputy Executive Director Liz Seaton issued the following statement in response to the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ Tuesday decision to reverse and remand the case of Lair v. Bullock back to the lower court, finding that the lower court had not used the correct standard of review in its initial ruling.

May 15, 2015

Washington, D.C., May 15 - Pennsylvania Supreme Court primary candidates are airing a barrage of last-minute television advertising, pushing broadcast TV ad buy totals up to at least $2.4 million as of May 15, according to Federal Communications Commission records analyzed by Brennan Center for Justice and Justice at Stake. This represents almost $1 million in new ad buys in three days.

May 13, 2015

With Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court primary less than a week away, television ad buys have reached at least $1,456,975, according to Federal Communications Commission records analyzed by Justice at Stake and the Brennan Center for Justice.  

April 29, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C, April 29  —Bert Brandenburg, Executive Director of Justice at Stake, issued the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in  Williams-Yulee v. The Florida Bar

April 8, 2015

Washington, D.C., April 8 - Wisconsin voters saw a flurry of last-minute television advertising in the run-up to an Election Day which featured two court-related contests: one for a seat on the state Supreme Court, and the other a proposed ballot measure to change the selection method for the court’s Chief Justice.

April 7, 2015

Washington, D.C., April 7 – Executive Director Bert Brandenburg of Justice at Stake issued the following statement after the approval of Question 1 on Tuesday: 

April 6, 2015

Groups supporting and opposing Wisconsin’s Question 1 booked a flurry of last-minute television ad contracts on the eve of Tuesday’s election, according to publicly available files of the Federal Communications Commission.

April 3, 2015

A group backed by the Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce is  easily outspending one of its rivals, a group backed by the Greater Wisconsin Committee, in a last-minute TV ad contest over a ballot initiative that would likely dislodge state Supreme Court Justice Shirley Abrahamson from her position as Chief Justice, according to an analysis by Justice at Stake.

April 1, 2015

Washington, D.C., April 1 – A group funded by the Issues Mobilization Council of Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, which is reportedly under investigation for possible campaign finance violations in connection with Gov. Walker’s campaign during the recall election, has jumped into the television advertising arena ahead of Wisconsin’s April 7 judicial elections.

April 1, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 1 - Spending on television advertising contracts reached more than $612,000 in Wisconsin’s Supreme Court race this week, according to Federal Communications Commission records analyzed by Justice at Stake and the Brennan Center for Justice. The election will take place next Tuesday, April 7, 2015.

March 20, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 20 - Justice at Stake is pleased to announce that attorney Elissa J. Preheim has joined its board of directors. Preheim is a litigation partner with nearly two decades of experience at Arnold & Porter. 

March 19, 2015

WASHINGTON, DC, March 19 – Spending on television advertising contracts in the race for a single seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court is more than $145,000, according to an analysis of public records by Justice at Stake and the Brennan Center for Justice. Outside groups have yet to open their checkbooks for TV ads. 

March 2, 2015

WASHINGTON, DC, March 2 – New polling data shows that Kansans continue to reject the politicization of the state Supreme Court with the majority in favor of the current merit-based system for choosing the justices. 

February 12, 2015

 WASHINGTON, DC, February 12 – Justice at Stake Executive Director Bert Brandenburg issued this statement today, following passage of a bill by the Arizona House Judiciary Committee to expand the State Supreme Court from five to seven members. 

January 22, 2015

 Washington, D.C., January 22 – Justice at Stake Executive Director Bert Brandenburg issued this statement today, following passage by both houses of Wisconsin’s state legislature of a proposed constitutional amendment to change the way the state’s Chief Justice is selected:

January 21, 2015

Washington, D.C., January 21 – Justice at Stake Executive Director Bert Brandenburg issued this statement marking today’s fifth anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision:

January 20, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C, January 20 — In tonight’s State of the Union address, President Obama drew much-needed attention to the growing problem of dark money in politics when he said, A better politics is one where we spend less time drowning in dark money for ads that pull us into the gutter, and spend more time lifting young people up, with a sense of purpose and possibility, and asking them to join in the great mission of building America.”  Bert Brandenburg, Executive Director of Justice at Stake, issued the following statement: 

January 20, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C, January 20 —Bert Brandenburg, Executive Director of Justice at Stake, issued the following statement on Williams-Yulee v. The Florida Bar

December 24, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C., December 24 – Florida’s rule prohibiting judges and judicial candidates from personally soliciting campaign contributions helps protect judges against the appearance of judicial bias and bolsters the public’s confidence in the fairness of our courts, the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law and others argued in an amicus brief filed today.

December 18, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C., December 18 – In response to a bill, HB 3022 , filed in the South Carolina legislature that would prevent state judges from recognizing or upholding marriage rights for same-sex couples, and stipulating that judges who do not dismiss cases regarding these rights will be automatically removed from the case and not be paid, Justice at Stake Director of State Affairs Debra Erenberg  issued the following statement:
 

November 5, 2014

TV ad spending in state Supreme Court elections by outside groups, political parties, and candidates has surged to more than $13.8 million since January, surpassing the $12.2 million spent on TV advertising in the 2010 midterm elections, according to an analysis by the Brennan Center for Justice and Justice at Stake of estimates provided by Kantar Media/CMAG.

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